How a Shoe Manufacturing Company Benefited from Merchandise Hierarchy Reports

How a Shoe Manufacturing Company Benefited from Merchandise Hierarchy Reports

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Shoe manufacturing peaked in Canada at about 52.9 million pairs in 1968. Imports were not substantial in the Canadian market until the early 1960s when they jumped from 6.8 million pairs to 75 million pairs in 15 years, this accounted for 63 percent of the whole Canadian market for footwear that year. Imports from Asia dominated the low-cost sector, while imports from Europe dominated the fashion footwear industry. According to the industry, the existing market share of less than 50% jeopardizes the existence of not only the Canadian footwear industry but also the leather industry and many suppliers. Under government protection, due to competition, the industry continued to invest in automation and electronic technologies, as well as restructuring plans to help it compete with foreign firms. The Canadian footwear sector is also expanding its export markets and specializing in winter footwear, for which it has already established a global name.

About the Client

NetSuite 2022.1 Pack Station app comes with new mobile enhancements that help warehouse workers process with faster times and more accuracy. There is a built-in converter for weighing packages that seamlessly switches between pounds and kilograms based on user preference. For accuracy and speed, workers can now check the packing instructions for items for each order packaging in the app before getting started. For speed again, the release comes with a bulk activation feature that helps to accelerate the pack and unpack “Ship As Is” products, rather than doing it individually.

For Warehouse managers, NetSuite 2022.1 helps to make the picking, scanning, releasing, and filtering much easier. The feature highlights customizations in the NetSuite Warehouse Management System (WMS) app that improve picker movement and wave filtering through automation.

ERP Buddies solution

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Problem

In this case, our client was running into problems focused on the organization of their many products. Although this company has many popular products that are winter-specific, they also have other lines of seasonal wear for the Summer and Fall times. This includes products such as sandals and sneakers. These different product lines introduced their need for a more structured and organized solution that would need to be implemented in their ERP system, in this case, NetSuite. This added feature to their solution would allow the company to create more seamless and automated workflows.

Requirements

With our client’s extensive product lines due to seasonal wear and new designs, they required a system that would be able to seamlessly provide hierarchy reports that would organize information based on product sales, inventory, and organize the items in a hierarchical manner. By enhancing the effectiveness and efficiency of their allocation, store-replenishment planning, and procurement processes, merchants may increase sales, raise profits, and reduce inventory costs.

The solution and Process

ERP Buddies knew exactly what would benefit this client and solve their unique needs. The solution was simple, with NetSuite already implemented, their next step was to develop a category system composed of all of the client’s current types of products. This includes categories such as seasonal (Summer, Winter, Fall, Spring), colours, style types, gender, and more! Determining hierarchy needs provides useful methods to categorize and determine relationships between the products, you can also group merchandise that shares similar characteristics. Having this type of organized structure allows for insight on year-to-date sales, trends and helps determine what the needs of the customer are so that the client can adjust and give their consumer what they need.

The Benefits

Our client’s successful NetSuite hierarchy reports project ensures that their business is operating in an efficient manner that best meets their product lines needs. They can now utilize the hierarchy reports to categorize processes or products for a specified time period and place them in their unique category. Having this organized process can now decrease the loss of capital. After you’ve allocated items, you’ll have a solid structure for workbooks, reports, pricing, promotions, and more in the downstream process. You can make informed merchandising selections using this framework. Using merchandise hierarchy to organize your workbooks or reports makes it easy to examine specific details. Such data is useful for identifying sales trends across product categories and creating sales strategies such as promotions.
Shoe manufacturers develop a wide range of shoe styles, in this case, our client’s product range was so wide due to demand and popularity that they now were seeking new methods of organization in order to help grow and scale their business further. Creating merchandise reports was the ultimate solution that will not only help organize but also provide insights into trends regarding their sales and product demand.
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How a Recycling Operations Company Implemented NetSuite Customizations

How a Recycling Operations Company Implemented NetSuite Customizations

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The recycling industry estimates that about 45% of the world’s production of product is created from recycled scrap. Industrial recycling actually makes up the largest sector of the recycling industry. Industrial products have the ability to retain their properties through the recycling process, therefore end-of-life products can be reintroduced as raw material and then utilized as new goods. The value of these products also does not depreciate, making this type of recycling very sustainable. Due to its reusable nature, many natural resources are maximized which also reduces the amount of waste in landfills.

About the Client

Our client who operates in the industrial recycling business is based in Canada and services all through North America as well as globally. This business provides recycling solutions for almost every type of industrial project and also gives its customers access to direct markets in order to maximize the value of their scraps and waste materials. Our client’s services include evaluation of material and pick up. Their warehouse allows the processing of recycled goods at the highest standards.

With worldwide operations and specializing in industrial recycling, our client has taken on challenges through innovative recovery techniques which commit to their goal of excellence in customer service. Some of these challenges appeared when more services and various types of recycled products came in demand. The need for a system that could be further customized to cater to new processes appeared.

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Problem

As mentioned, the recycling of different types of materials rose, and along with more variety came bigger product lines and processes. This introduced new needs for the company, such as coordinating more products and overseeing the management of new procedures, commissions, and automation. The transition to less manual processes was needed in order to have an efficient system with accurate data. The need for a more customized solution was necessary, as this has the potential to take the business to the next level. A customized solution also allows the business to meet each of their specified needs that would be unique from other businesses.

ERP Buddies Solution

The Solution and Process

Now, how did ERP Buddies approach this project? The client of course was in dire need of more customization for their business processes. Efficiency would be taken to the next level.

The process of implementation included:

The creation of a custom deal record which works as building blocks which then allow for the creation of custom fields, lists, and event specific links with other NetSuite records and transactions. These custom records are easy to format and configure. Create the ability to encapsulate and link purchase orders and sales order which can then be utilized and sourced in data to calculate commissions. These manual processes were automated and customized through the NetSuite platform and the company. Now this addition can save time on business activities such as tracking commissions. Finally, the creation of a fully customizable NetSuite model encompasses the business’s needs and goals, in which their requirements are completely met.

When our client approached us with a NetSuite Customization project, we became excited at all the possibilities and ways that we could tailor the system. The ways we can customize processes to meet their specific needs is just one of our specialties! This customization project includes the requirement of having a system that has processes that have the capacity to check if the purchased product is being sold. This would increase efficiency in tracking commissions, specifically the oversight of sales product sales and total commissions. An overall business process automation overhaul was needed for the tracking of new processes and improvements with visibility.

The Benefits

Our client’s successful NetSuite customization project ensures that their business is operating in a healthy and efficient state. They can now utilize the customizations and automation implemented to decrease manual processes and have the ability to focus on other pressing tasks. Now with the manual process of tracking commission automated via NetSuite, the company saves on average 4 days each month all due to process automation. These types of automation track purchase dates and sold dates of inventory and products.
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Working with ERP Buddies

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Our client was impressed during our discovery call where we introduced them to the world of ERP Buddies and our methodologies. With our experiences in various industries, our client knew that we could help to guide their NetSuite customization project and allow them to meet their goals. The ERP Buddies team is composed of business and technical experts. Our core focus is to provide tools & strategies to allow clients to meet their business goals and requirements. ERP Buddies services include a deep dive discovery call, consulting advice based on required modules and price as per budget, and an overall robust consultative approach!

How a Consumer Goods Company Had a Successful Data Migration with ERP Buddies | An In-Depth Case Study

How a Consumer Goods Company Had a Successful Data Migration with ERP Buddies | An In-Depth Case Study

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The food and beverage industry or also known as the consumer goods industry is large, to say the least. It involves the production of consumer goods of all types. This means that there are infinite numbers of different machinery and processes. This is one of the oldest industries that has ever existed that has experienced multiple decades of innovation. New products have been introduced, higher volumes, and there is always a need for specialized machinery and processes. This ranges from machineries such as ovens, mixers, conveyor belts to packaging and bottling machines. There is a high need for equipment in the food production industry, which means an organization of 10 plus products may have up to 10 different processes to coordinate. Therefore, a suitable system must be in place to coordinate and manage all of these processes in the organization.

About the Client

Our client, a North American consumer goods company, with a vast variety of stand-out consumer food products catering to the North American market.They manufacturer deliciously innovative goods that are ensured to be at their freshest state when ready to serve. With operations running all through the United States and Canada this consumer goods manufacturer and locations varying in products and different manufacturing processes a disorder of different software and processes. When organizations operate with a decentralized the most common issue is the difficulty to scale the business and potential mismanaging of the organization could put the financial health of the organization at risk. With an organization such as this expansion is always on the table, therefore the need to have a suitable system in place is significant.
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Problem

As mentioned, this organization has a number of different products equalling the management of many different processes and coordinating of systems. The issue presents itself in causing the inability to have all systems operating on one software due to different processes. Having this decentralized setup also causes communication gaps in the fetching of live data. No real-time data for inventory levels as multiple locations were backflushing and doing unnecessary inventory counts due to not being able to issue with handheld devices. Another problem identified included the need for improvement of lot tracebility.

ERP Buddies Solution

Our client approached us with a project that we were eager to take on and work our ERP Buddies magic. Part of this project was the need for data migration, meaning that the client needed a full migration of data from their parent company system to a central repository, which in this case is none other than NetSuite. The requirements of the client for this project were to maintain standards of data integrity & validation, without duplicated data.

The Solution and Process

This client benefited from their NetSuite implementation through this migration process in which has allowed the organization to maintain data integrity due to no duplicate data.

The process of implementation includes:

Importing data into NetSuite through detailed mapping of raw data and the creation of custom records. Receiving & pre validating raw data to ensure no columns and/or fields were missing. This proceeded with confirmation of the A/P team which ensured that all open purchase orders were successfully pulled from the previous system. Scrubbing and mapping involved the creation of CSV import files which detailed the mapping in the NetSuite UI. The process of data validation against raw data proceeded with a comparison of numbers, through discrepancies check in order to ensure that the numbers balance in accounting processes. Finally, data validation from business users was needed to proceed and complete the project.

The Benefits

Our client’s successful data migration to NetSuite ensures that the company maintains its data integrity. This allows the business to now operate in an efficient manner on NetSuite ERP that will give accurate data for order quantities, inventory, and more. With this project, there were also underlying processes that were upgraded. Applications were also improved for greater effectiveness & efficiency. Senorities can now look into various business departments to track and monitor productivity and play an active role in the coordination of processes. Data integrity gives companies a huge asset, if there is poor quality data the business runs the risk of generating wrong order numbers, leading to issues such as overstock, and the loss of capital. These types of problems can snowball into the delivery of subpar experiences for the end consumer. Experiences like stock shortages can give your customer a sense of instability towards your business, and potentially lead to the loss of business. Repercussions of inaccurate data can lead businesses down the wrong path and waste valuable time, energy and resources.

Working with ERP Buddies

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Our client was impressed with our level of expertise with NetSuite and data migrations. With years of experience under their belt, our clients knew we were the best to accomplish their project and help them meet their goals. The ERP Buddies team is composed of business and technical experts. Our core focus is to provide tools & strategies to allow clients to meet their business goals and requirements. ERP Buddies services include a deep dive discovery call, consulting advice based on required modules and price as per budget, and an overall robust consultative approach!

Having true and accurate data is crucial to the success of a business. False views of performance can be detrimental for the health of a business. Therefore having the appropriate system in place to manage your data and maintain data integrity will uplift and that your business to the next level.

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Kick Start Your Career with ERP Buddies

Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Kick Start Your Career with ERP Buddies

Our organization offers opportunities that will kick off your career in the Cloud. Backed with an outstanding team of IT consultants, software developers, project managers, business development executives, HR professionals, and marketing specialists who all work together for a common goal. To create the best ERP project experience for our clients.

ERP Buddies Inc. is an Oracle NetSuite Solution Provider, specializing in cloud-based business management platforms that are fit for a wide variety of industries. We began with a simple goal, to provide our ERP solutions to clients allowing them to embrace technology and build stronger businesses. Our services span from implementation, customization, support, and training among more! Our team of software developers and consultants cater to clients across North America, Europe, and Asia to ensure that we provide the best quality service!

What is it like being a Buddy?

At ERP Buddies we want to have the most qualified individuals in all departments. We want every kind of Buddy to join our team. Our team dynamic is unmatched, with the most welcoming Buddies at your side and ready to show you the ropes. We thrive in team activities, which we always make time for, those team-building moments are very important to us! With a supportive team at your side, we ensure that you’ll be successful in your ventures and projects. It’s all about working and playing hard!

Hello Future ERP Buddies Candidate!

Whether you’re completing your studies, recently graduated, or in the middle of a career change, ERP Buddies may be the perfect fit and catalyst to kick-start your new career in IT. We welcome eager individuals that are ready to dive into the Buddy ways of developing business management tools. We strive to be leaders in developing innovative solutions and to raise the bar for various industries. In a society that is constantly evolving, new IT solutions are in demand and fundamental to the health of businesses. So, navigating this space and reaching these goals requires the best of the best.

Here are some of the reasons why you should hit Apply to that ERP Buddies job posting:

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1. Work alongside an outstanding team, and create lasting relationships with your Buddies. We put a strong emphasis on team building and ensuring that communication between Buddies is always crystal clear. Communication is key, especially during our team-building games.
2. We want our Buddies to unwind and relax. With good work ethics comes the reward of taking time off and recharging. Please take your PTOs! And when the Buddies are in the office? Enjoy free drinks for a mid-day pick-me-up or play a few rounds of table tennis or you can even chill out in the Buddies corner and play some video games.

3. Our Buddies’ health is important to us. We provide a bi-monthly program called Buddies Therapy, where the sole goal is to allow our Buddies to learn more about each other through team-building exercises and games. In addition to therapy sessions, we ensure that our group benefits plan fits the need of our Buddies and their loved ones, for a lifetime of wellbeing.

We recognize that workplace ergonomics is very important. So we make sure that our Buddies are set up with a comfortable workspace. Each Buddy is equipped with standing desks and cozy chairs to decrease stress and increase comfort.

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4. We strive for excellence and we want you to excel in your role. We like to support our Buddies by providing opportunities to learn more about the ERP world through conventions, lunch-in learning, and in-house training sessions. Learning is never-ending, especially in the tech industry! Continuing your education and completing certifications is encouraged!
5. At ERP Buddies we make it a point to be a united & unique team. Our community, diversity, and inclusive culture are very important to us as we work hard to cultivate an environment where all our Buddies feel confident and can be their best self. We are proud to have a team that represents our diverse society and we aim to include these different perspectives in our everyday decision-making. We actively encourage our Buddies through opportunities where they can thrive and get involved in the community through volunteering and participating in charity drives that support the less fortunate in our communities.

There is a reason why we call ourselves the Buddies, we have created a culture where everyone is encouraged to input their thoughts and opinions. We love to work and play together! (Although you’ve been warned. We get competitive during our table tennis tournaments). We offer challenging work, with meaningful development opportunities, and flexibility that’s you’ll struggle to find elsewhere. Above all, we have an enviable culture built on the charismatic, likable Buddies that we enjoy surrounding ourselves with.

Interested in our kick-starting your career with the Buddies? Inquire within at [email protected]